John Calipari’s players becoming millionaires

Feb 5, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari gives instructions to his team in the second half of the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated South Carolina 77-55. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

 

John Calipari has always stressed that Kentucky is a “players first” program, and looking at how much money he’s helped his players make, you can’t dispute that notion.

Here are the projected 2013-14 salaries for every current Wildcat in the NBA that player for Caliapri:

John Wall: $7,459,925
Anthony Davis: $5,375,760
Demarcus Cousins: 4,916,973
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: $4,809,840
Enes Kanter: $4,505,280
Nerlens Noel: $3,172,320
Patrick Patterson: $3,105,302
Brandon Knight: $2,793,690
Eric Bledsoe: $2,626,473
Terrence Jones: $1,551,840
Marquis Teague: $1,074,720
Archie Goodwin: 1,064,400
Daniel Orton: $916,099
Doron Lamb: $915,243
Josh Harrellson: $884,293
Darius Miller: $788,872

 

The true value of this is seen in the 2009 team, as most of these players have signed contract extensions by now, earning them over a combined $20 million:

John Wall: $7,459,925
Demarcus Cousins: 4,916,973
Eric Bledsoe: $2,626,473
Patrick Patterson: $3,105,302
Daniel Orton: $916,099

Josh Harrellson: $884,293
Darius Miller: $788,872

That’s over $20 million alone for player that were on one team, as well as over $14 for the 2011 national title team.

Someone tell Marshall Henderson that’s the definition of “get paid“.

At the end of the day, Cal’s had a message from Day 1 at UK, and he’s stood by that.

 

Topics: John Calipari, NCAA Basketball

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